Hoosier Hysteria: A Fateful Year in the Crosshairs of Race in America

Hoosier Hysteria: A Fateful Year in the Crosshairs of Race in America

by Meri Henriques Vahl

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Overview

Indiana University, September 1963. Meri Henriques, a naïve freshman from New York, arrives on campus thinking she’s about to enroll at an idyllic Midwestern college. Instead, she discovers a storm is brewing.


An intriguing cast of characters inhabits Meri’s new and often troubled world: Katherine “Pixie” Gates, Meri’s charming and quirky roommate; Rachel, brilliant and sarcastic fellow New Yorker; Daniel, a tough radical with a tender heart; folk singer Derek Stone, Meri’s crush; and Shennandoah Waters, a white coed who only dates black men or exotic foreigners, much to her ultra-conservative parents’ horror.


Over the course of Meri’s first year at college, tragedy strikes twice: John Kennedy is assassinated, and a young, black IU basketball player is castrated and thrown into a ditch—murdered for dating a white coed. And finally, that year’s commencement ceremonies bring an infamous symbol of white supremacy to campus, endangering anyone who dared to protest—thrusting Meri into the middle of violent and escalating racial tensions. Vivid and compelling, Hoosier Hysteria is a timely story of prejudice and political unrest that, today more than ever before, must be told.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631523656
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

After leaving Indiana University, Meri Henriques Vahl arrived at the University of California, Berkeley just in time to witness the Free Speech Movement. Since earning her bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Berkeley, she has worked as a graphic artist and musician, and is currently an award-winning art quilter who teaches at various venues in the US and overseas. Vahl has two adult children and lives in central California with her family and two rowdy felines.

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